Sunday, August 29, 2010

Cardinal Sean's Blog (August 27, 2010)

This is the first of a weekly series that will open up free speech in the comments section in response to the Cardinal's blog.

On a sad note, this week's entry notes the loss of the Chancellor's mother.  Losing a mother is very difficult and we were sorry to hear this news.    We also received news that Ed Saunders who heads up the Mass Catholic Conference died this weekend after a very brief illness.  Saunders was younger than I am if my memory serves me correctly, so this must be also be very difficult for his family.  

Though we have raised many concerns over the years about these two men, the Catholic Blogger Community extends it's condolences and prayers for the losses of both of these families.

Other than that, good times were had by all once again this week.

You will also note that with the diocese imploding, this week's travelogue features Pot Luck with Wally the Green Monster.

He also got a dig in on Bill Donohue:
I understand there was a controversy a few weeks ago over lighting the Empire State Building blue and white in her honor. The greatest honor we could give her is to try and recognize Christ in the distressing disguise of the suffering and the poor in the way that she did.


And, might I add that among the suffering and the poor are sick priests whom the Cardinal has cut the salaries down from $1800 a month to as low as $200.  The Archdiocese has a new sick and suffering healthcare program for priests, in the tradition of the greatest honors he could give to Mother Teresa:   No workie, no checkie.  

If you want to think about the distressing disguise of the suffering and poor, think about our priests being sick and trying to pay the co-pays on their medicines and doctors visits with $200.

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks.  
I don't care if I ever come back.
For it's one, two, three strikes your out at the old ball game.


Anonymous said...

The French Catholic writer, Georges Bernanos, warned that a great threat to the Church in the modern world, was the temptation to become a "social service agency". I'm afraid our Archdiocesan leadership, clerical and lay, are in the forefront of this branch of secularization.

Dismissing those like Bill Donahoe, who are dynamically confronting anti-Catholicism in the public square, as not sufficiently conscious of the plight of the poor in our society, is a sign of moral arrogance.

It is incumbent on lay Catholics to confront the vicious attempts by elites in our society to expel religious input from the public square. The Catholic League is doing that with rigor.

Unfortunately, all too often the Archdiocesan leadership is willing to ingratiate secular, anti-Catholic elites by self ghettoizing the Church. They look for those issues like immigration and the death penalty where they can safely be petted on the head for being on the "right side of history" as allies of secular elites.

Yes, the plight of the poor is central to our identity as Catholics. However, confronting the world's lies and hate is also at the core of the counter cultural role of the Roman Catholic.

Marie Tremblay said...

The Cardinal writes, "The greatest honor we could give her [Mother Teresa] is to try and recognize Christ in the distressing disguise of the suffering and the poor in the way that she did."

If His Eminence really believes that, he should reflect on what Paul Melanson has at his Blog about Cerberus Capital and its exploitation of the poor on the border.